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epistemologist - philosopher who studies the nature of knowledge; N. epistemology
proliferate - grow rapidly (in numbers); spread; multiply; N. proliferation
clich - \'e phrase dulled in meaning by repetition; platitude; ADJ. clich\'ed
iota - very small quantity
chasten - discipline; punish in order to correct; CF. castigate
obtrude - push (oneself or one's ideas) forward or intrude; impose (oneself or one's ideas) on others; butt in; stick out or extrude; thrust out; Ex. obtrude A on B; ADJ. obtrusive; N. obtrusion; CF. unobtrusive
gangrene - decay of body tissue caused by insufficient blood supply (usually following injury); ADJ. gangrenous
venal - capable of being bribed; corrupt; CF. vernal
heterodox - (of beliefs) against accepted opinion; unorthodox; unconventional
agog - highly excited; intensely curious